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Lesson One: Buried Alive
Trevor Cole

Does the mere thought of being buried alive sound like a nightmare to you?  The idea of having thousands of pounds of dirt piled on you while you’re still alive will make even the toughest person cringe.  Sadly, that is often the state of our spiritual lives.

Ephesians 2:1-3: And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Can you recall any times in your life when you tried to be a good person before you put your faith in Jesus? What did that look like when you tried?

What does Paul mean when he says you were dead in the trespasses and sins?

We often confuse ourselves when we remember our situation before Christ. We didn’t become dead when we sinned; we sinned because as verse 3 states, we were by nature sinful.

Ephesians 2:4-9:  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

What does verse 5 say took place when we were saved by grace?

We are alive because we have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, but we wind up buried by sin so often.  If we are in fact alive together with Christ, why then do we so often find ourselves in a state of being “buried alive?”
What are some areas where you often find yourself buried alive by sin?

What sin was burying the individuals in the following passages?

Genesis 20:1-2:  From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. 2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

Genesis 37:5-8:  Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, Hear this dream that I have dreamed: 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 His brothers said to him, Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

Jonah 1:1-3:  Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil[a] has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

2 Timothy 1:6-7:  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

All of those passages show us lives that were not fulfilling the plan God had for them because they were buried by sin. If you have put your faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sin, then sin no longer has total control of you, but we often give it control. As long as we are here on earth we will battle sin, but there are some fantastic passages throughout God’s Word that will keep us from being buried alive by sin.

1 Corinthians 10:13:  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

What does this passage say all mankind has in common? How can this be an encouragement in your life?

Hebrews 4:12:  For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The Word of God has to be more than something we hear about on Sundays. What are some ways you can bring it into your daily life?

James 5:16:  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Being a lone ranger will never lead to victory. How do you or could you apply this passage on a practical level?

God has a plan for us, but we will always miss out on it when we are buried by sin. Continue to ask God for the power of the Holy Spirit in your life, hide His Word in your heart, and be accountable to other believers and God will transform your life from the inside out.

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